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Furthur Live at Convention Hall on 2009-12-13

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Furthur Live at Convention Hall on 2009-12-13

by Furthur

Set One:
Box of Rain
I Need A Miracle
Wang Dang Doodle
They Love Each Other
Beat It On Down The Line
Estimated Prophet
Cumberland Blues

Set Two:
Lost Sailor
Saint of Circumstance
Mason's Children
Terrapin Station
Help on the Way>Slipknot
Franklin's Tower
Donor Rap

U. S. Blues

Collection Furthur
Band/Artist Furthur
Venue Convention Hall
Location Asbury Park, New Jersey

Source JWMod AKG 469's>Lunatec V2>Sound Devices 722@24/48
Lineage SD722>Adobe Aud>16bit>cdwav>flac16
Taped by Tony Suraci
Transferred by Tony Suraci


The Band:
Phil Lesh
Bob Weir
John Kadelicek
Jeff Chimenti
Joe Russo
Jay Lane


Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 8, 2013
Subject: --
Faaack YES - *this* is a show that does total justice to the legacy of the Grateful Dead. Highlights abound; I'm partial to that Sailor > Saint that opens set 2 - 'Lost Sailor' was always one of Bobby's best, and it's so cool to see it brought back to life, so slow and easy - and even the crowd, aside from a couple of space cadets, seems to have learned over the years that the line goes "Where's the *dog* star?" :)

This second set really is something else, though - the entire thing just *cooks*. And I have no problem at all with how Bobby sings Jerry's songs - he's been doing it for almost twenty years now this way. Listen to how deliberately he hides and busts out the "to get to Terrapin" line.

Like the Dead, Furthur has some nights that are truly better than others, and this is one of those nights. Absolutely smashing.
Reviewer: Assembly of Heathens - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 31, 2010
Furthur is so tight they're my favorite post-dead line-up. There is so much good stuff here I don't want to even type it all. The sound quality is very good, too. Thanks for uploading!
Reviewer: UKDEADHEADKUWAIT - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 16, 2010
A historic gig for this breaktaking performance.
Longest performance of this classic was back in 79 Richmond Va.
A killer gig and what a setlist.
Perefectly captured by Tony Suraci. If you want audience recordings on the archive - look no further. Tony is the man. Posted within 18 hours of the show ending. Awesome stuff. You deserve a knighthood, dude!
Reviewer: mberke1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 16, 2010
Subject: Thanks!
Tony, thanks for the postings! Love your recordings, and for letting us who weren't there in on the show. Grateful!
Reviewer: mid-maine - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 5, 2010
Subject: fabulous show
this suraci gem gets better with each listening. the sailor-> saint is scary good. words cannot do it justice. very impressive. if this tour (starting today) is even better, i have no idea what that would even sound like. this is the genuine article.

thanks tony and lma!
Reviewer: gr8fulal - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 4, 2010
Subject: Nice Recording
Drove 9 hours from Upstate N.Y. through an incredible ice storm to attend this show. Nice mid 80's feel, the scene reminded me of that era when I was touring alot. Lost sailor- St. of circumstance reminded me of 11-01-85 Richmond V,A. (similar driving challenges). I can"t believe how much I still love this music after all these years. Wonderful memories, too many to count. We are indeed lucky to be able to to share time and space with these old friends.
Reviewer: Franklins Tower - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 31, 2009
Subject: Woo Hoo
loved saint and lost sailor. TLEO gave me goose bumps.
Reviewer: FranklinsTower - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 22, 2009
Subject: Long Live The Dead
Every time I get high I instinctively put this concert on :)
Reviewer: DouglasFir101 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 20, 2009
Subject: Keep up the memories
I think that it's real great so many dedicated GD fans are enjoying this joint music venture of The Dead and Ratdog called Furthur. I caught up with them at the Fox and enjoyed the music for the most part. It was nice as always to see the Boys do what they love doing.
Every single person that attends a show has a different experience and junction in their life or age so try not to do your phony polls on what was worst or best because it can differ for everybody's taste in music for every different show.
As a musician myself I really have to voice my opinion when I hear the props given to John K as being the best Dead guitarist since Jerry and his chosen and annointed replacement. John is nowhere near the skill level and timing of Jerry and his voice tone isn't as good. He is also from a Dead cover band and isn't a pioneer of a sound, musically speaking. John K. really captures the early energetic spirit of the GD well during the country music type material and has a real nice pedal steel style guitar method on his six string. He doesn't paint Jerry's psycadelic murals of sound during the epic GD jams though and kind of does a loud cat in heat sound sometimes or uses too much gain instead of adding soul and sweetness to the mix. I would like to hear him turn down his volume at times and give Jeff Chimenti more soloing space for longer as well as to let Bobby's jazzy riffs shine through or let Phil's rolls be heard. Jay Lane sounds excellent on this December's tour on drums as well as backing vocals. Russo keeps a perfect tempo going, needs to lay off the crash cymbals a bit and do more rolls at the end of the measures. I loved the steel drum sound on Rubin and Cherise at the Hammerstein show. Real nice Carribean spirit. I would like to someday see a country blues skilled figure join up for the Pigpen songs and play the harmonica to bring a more down home country feeling to the music.

I personally come to Furthur or Dead shows hoping to hear Bobby and Phil sing Jerry's songs. I love Ratdog so that is no surprise. Furthur is good music, I'm not trying to take away from it, but the music and scene somehow miss a lot of the root feeling of the 60's and early 70's Grateful Dead and their looseness and groove that Warren Haynes was picking back up on. Like a cajun rhythm on the flatcar of a freight train going over the high mountain passes sound.
My favorite Dead tour since Jerry passed on, musically and by highness of the experience was The Other Ones in '98. Steve Kimock was on fire at Shoreline Amp, especially on Saint Stephen>Eleven and Mark Karan was weaving in and out of his scales like a winsor stitch. Bobby sounded great, the drums were full of strength, Phil thumped it out and played some power leads, and Bruce Hornsby brought the crowds to their feet with his sweet rolls.
I also keep thinking back to the tour with Joan Osbourne and how I miss the female vocalist position these days and the earthy warmth a woman brings to the stage and the sound.
I really enjoyed Warren Haynes on lead guitar and vocals in the Spring of 2009. I had many feelings of hearing Brent Mydland shine through his singing and hard edged playing technique. You got to admit he shreds it up on the slide guitar, my word. I could understand why Warren doesn't appeal in some idealistic fashion with what a lot of the fans want to hear because he isn't soft enough and can't do the pretend Jerry thing very well. It seems like the Dark Star Orchestra fans have really hit the comments sections to prop up John K and put down Warren and even 1995 Jerry playing. All I can say is I'm sorry you missed Jerry in '95 because he was as hot and soulful as ever, especially at RFK, DC with Hornsby on the grand piano.
I'll just have to keep grooving to these superb high quality audience recordings and listen to the evolution of sound continue. Amazing sound quality. Incredible set up with the pole mounted mics. Good job Tony and thank you for the tunes! God bless.
Reviewer: lstslr - favoritefavorite - December 17, 2009
Subject: Left on shelves collecting dust, not knowing what they mean
I don't know guys. I'm not hearing it or feeling it. Maybe it's a hang up I have with someone attempting to imitate something that cannot be. It's one thing in DSO, and might be 'fun' but, to think that there is 'magic' happening here is a sad misconception.
Reviewer: Stellablu122 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 17, 2009
Subject: Believe it if you need it
This weekend was clearly one of the best for me in a long ,long time. I would have to go back to the last Fall Tour in '94 to come close. For those of us who were there it is already has taken on epic historic status.
This first set is easily the best they have played. It was raining all day long and it only seem appropiate to open with a beautiful Box of Rain and then to go right into a full blown rocked out Miracle. Wow! Incredible.I thought we might get Bertha, that might have been too much, and it is clear we would not but they jam into a stand up version of Wangdang Doodle.The band is so tight this set it is almost too good.

They jump right into TLEO and this one is truley special. John does a great job on vocals and his solos are inspired. Phil was so happy at the end he gave John a big smile and pointed right at him.Then the wheels start to come off the bus big time and Bobby flats out delivers the best BIODTL line since the 90's. It smokes and they even extend the jam too. Candyman is poetic and sweet. This band can do no wrong this set.

The Estimated is HUGE and EPIC. It is easliy one of the best ones played post Jerry and Bob's vocals and the entire band soar.This is easily one of the best moments of the 5 show run.
The jam out of it is heavy and alive, it is clear they don't want to end the set and then right out of thin air. Cumberland Blues. The band rages on this one, it is simply one of the best in a long time and it is clear that this band having the time of their life.
So were we.

Set II begins with the duet of Lost Sailor> Saint which is excellent and the endings in both songs are right on. Mason's suffers from some poor vocals harmonies but musically the band continues to soar. Sugaree is very good, although everyone wanted John to sing it. John delivers some amazing solo runs in it.

To follow up with Terrapin was EPIC! They extends the intro and it has such a flow and fragile sway to it and John sings the first part. The bridge is beautiful and then Bobby does the inspiration verse, which he does quite well. By now the place is on the verge of exploding. By the ending chorus we all arrive there. Truely a magical moment.
They then go into an amazing jam, which I will call the Jam for Jerry, which goes on for over 5 minutes before arriving at Help on the Way. Man was this awesome. It is a slower tempo, like the original, but the band is at the top of their powers and when they explode into SlipKnot! we are once again off chasing greatness. This jam is so incredible, the band and John soar and delight.Phil is a monster. It is one for the ages and ofcoarse we know EXACLY where we are going and Phil delivers a passionate heartfelt reading of Franklin's Tower. John and Jeff deliver some hefty solos and we are all in dancin' nirvanna.
The cheers when Phil comes back for the donor wrap our so loud, he brought the entire band out first to soak up all the love in that room.
Wow it was that good.
US Blues is cranking and Bobby does blow a verse, but after this weekend, who would complain?
See you all in February.
Reviewer: tronn65 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 16, 2009
Subject: Great Show...
I was at both Asbury Park shows...I think that Althea (from the first night) was the best song of the 2 nights, but this night was better overall...After seeing the band live, I have to agree with what seems to be the majority: let JK sing ALL the Jerry songs; I love Bobby, but he forgets the lyrics left and right. I applaud them for not playing any songs twice, but I think it's too much to ask of Weir to remember all those lyrics. Plus JK is just plain better at singing most of those Jerry tunes anyway!

BTW, WHERE'S the WALLINGFORD SHOW?? Everyone who had been to all 3 shows prior to Asbury Park said it was HOT, and the setlist looks AMAZING!
Reviewer: Sugaree1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 16, 2009
Subject: Great stuff
Gotta admit this is quickly becoming one of my favorite lineups. Love the Joan & Trey P&F, Trey & Page, and even Jimmy, Warren and Derek times(loved when Derek would join). These guys are getting really hot, the Fox shows were great, these are really good. Once they are on tour I think the amazing moments and overall consistency will be there. Hopefully their old bones can keep on Truckin' through all the dates. And dammit Bobby, I love ya, but lets give John the Jerry songs. I need it in my heart. Thanks tapers, much love. But where is Wallingford? :)
Reviewer: JimK867 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 16, 2009
Subject: Furthur thoughts on Asbury Park
Just some more ramblings as I listen to Mr.Suraci's fine work and reflect on the two shows.. Second night They Love each other was excellent, Phil seemed to enjoy it. **13 beat BIODTL Great Estimated was Marred by a large shoving match in the middle of the floor..kind of a buzzkill. Masons' Children was not very good to be honest..and led to some noodling before pulling out Sugaree...didn't seem to be in the Game plan Suguree came together nicely. into a very Jammy,(though not sure if this was intentional) Terrapin...seemed Like John could not find the little Signature riff that calls up Terrapin.....The Rain sucked..pinned in my car cept for some football on TV @ Wonderbar ...A LOT of Cops, met some great people, also nice to see with stripped down light show in old school scene
Thank you again Mr Suraci..good to know I actually saw the taper...not sure which one you were but there were not many of you so I could pick you out of a
Reviewer: TakinItFurthur - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 15, 2009
Subject: Finlly
went to first night, much prefer this nights selection, but im loving the energy im hearing, these guys really are taking it furthur, much props to the boys for finally realizing they needed to take things in a new a better direction. blows warren dead away entirely. just need bill and mickey and then we can really rage!
Reviewer: ScarletFire92 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 15, 2009
Subject: Wallingford CT
i was at the 12/11 show in Wallingford and i dont know why its the only show that isnt on here. can one of you wonderful tapers out there, post it??? Thanks. It was such a great time
Reviewer: rocko4416 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 15, 2009
Subject: Oakdale Theatre
Will someone please post the Wallingford show?
Reviewer: bigmoe53 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 15, 2009
Subject: A few thoughts...
Since Jerry died, any combination of players has essentially been a cover band. I enjoy the music of this lineup. I do think Phils sound has been pushed back in the mix. But the music is enjoyable and I look forward to the Chicago shows. Here in the midwest we take what we can get. I do agree with those who say that we go to shows to hear the band sing not the crowd. I am old enough to remember hootenannys. This is not that setting. Come ,enjoy the shows. How about singing to yourself. It used to be "Let Phil Sing." Now how about "Let The Band Sing." Enjoy the music while we have it.
Reviewer: myhungryhippo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 15, 2009
Subject: beautiful sound
they love each other is a up-rushed feel i like
Reviewer: gratefulgravesmn - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 15, 2009
Subject: Terrapin>help on the way>slipknot>franklins
What a great terrapin>h.o.t.w>slipknot>franklins! John K. is on fire! Get yourself a ticket any way that you can! Cant wait to see everyone on NYE!
Reviewer: Kamalajams - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 15, 2009
Subject: on fire in NJ!
Man what a great 2night run!!
MAJOR Regrets for not staying in town for Sunday night - Sounds as equally electrifying as the previous show.
26minute Terrapin! c'mon these guys are really smokin'!!
setlist, performance, recording, and my envy of all who attended both shows = 5.

just may have to get on the bus in February :)
Reviewer: GregAtlanta - - December 15, 2009
Subject: Playing FLAC files
This was hard for me to do...many miss-steps. I am playing files now using Magic FLAC converter that I got on Tucows. It was not hard to get working. I use Windows Vista. I have not paid anything yet, though this may be required at some point. (I would rather donate the money to the archive, of course.)
Reviewer: jr midtown - - December 15, 2009
Subject: no streaming?
Will this show be made available in streaming format? If not, can someone help out a non-taper and let me know where if the download files can be used with iTunes and such? I'm sure there's instructions somewhere, but it looks like a lot of stuff to wade through, would appreciate a short-cut.
Reviewer: - - December 15, 2009
Subject: Links Don't Work
Beautiful recording!!!!!!
Reviewer: zapsat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 15, 2009
Subject: It does work
It took a while with a couple of stops and starts to get the whole show. I was there and it was better than the first night, although Saturday was good the energy and song choice kicked ass Sunday. Great job and kudos to John K for bringing the right riffs and feel to this rare treat to Asbury Park. Kool knuckle bump between Phil and John after the encore too..Good one!
Reviewer: bolowono - - December 15, 2009
Subject: Last tape from this taper was great!
Wish I could download this one! But links don't lank.
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